Update from the President 9.24.2017

As we continue to assess the impact and damage from Hurricane Maria, we will be closing the University until the 9th of October. However, we know that there are many concerned students and parents across all of our programs with many questions. While we do not have complete transparency yet into a number of issues, please know that we are working diligently to find solutions and know that our top priority is for the safety and well being of the students and staff.

We are receiving accountability updates daily, and would encourage you to please let us know as soon as you can as to your personal safety status. We are working to account for every student, faculty and staff member at the moment and as to their well being. Secondly, we are also working to resolve operations as quickly as possible and our intent is to have all students complete their course work this term. We are considering a number of options, including the temporary movement of the campus to a safe and established location while repairs are made to the Ponce campus. We will keep everyone informed as these plans develop.

Please continue to reach out with updates on the safety and well being of your fellow students and colleagues and do not hesitate to continue to reach out with additional questions. We will do our best to respond as quickly as possible. This is a catastrophic event that is unprecedented in its reach and damage, and while we are all feeling the devastating impacts of this storm, we are committed and resolute to working together as a University community to rebuild and and resume our academic mission as quickly as possible.

DL

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Bridges Collapsing all over the island.

  • Puentede la Carr 165 que conecta de Toa Baja a Dorado (el que queda después del balneario de Pun Salinas), colapsó anoche.
  • Puente en la Autopista San Juan-Ponce está a pun de colapsar (entre Juana Díaz y Ponce)

Translation:

  • Puente de la Carr 165 which connects from Toa Baja to Dorado (the one left after the spa of Pun Salinas), collapsing last night.
  • Bridge on the San Juan-Ponce Highway is about to collapse (between Juana Diaz and Ponce)

Communications:

some people are finding communication service in San Juan via their texting App through AT&T and Claro Networks

Trees are all over the roads- government agencies are focusing their efforts today and tomorrow clearing these so that more roads are passable.

Reports that Fajardo is largely intact and Parts of San Juan are drivable.

For Contacting Loved ones:

Puerto Rico is divided into 12 zones. Each zone is comprised of various municipalities. Phone numbers are listed for all municipalities and for each region. These phone numbers will connect you with the nearest Puerto Rico State Agency for Emergency and Disaster Management office.

Please see below link to the map and corresponding agencies:

LINK to the MAP:

http://prfaa.pr.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Oficinas-Regionales.pdf

It’s likely that you won’t reach someone immediately, so be patient, officials warn.

If you don’t know what municipality or zone your loved one is in, you have a few options:

  • Call the the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration’s Washington D.C. office at 202-800-3133 or 202-778-0710
  • Volunteers and staff are taking names and numbers and developing databases to check the welfare of people who remain unreachable or missing as the island begins to recover.
  • Officials say that agency is prioritizing emergency situations, like people who are in dyer need of medical attention. Staffers will reach out to first responders on the ground and dispatch help. In the last 48 hours, the office has received more than 10,000 calls.
  • You can also Call the island’s government radio station WIPR at 787-777-0940 or 787-766-0505, which is helping people figure out what zones their family members are in. You can also listen live for updates at 940 AM and 91.3 FM.
  • Contact the island’s disaster relief team by e-mailing maria1@prfaa.pr.gov
    Because of high volume, leaders are asking that you only send one email — no follow-ups — unless the status of your loved one has changed. Include your contact information and as many details about your family member or friend as possible.
  • The American Red Cross is also helping via an online database, where people can mark themselves safe.

To begin a search, contact your local Red Cross chapter. You can also call our free national helpline at 844-782-9441 or use the International Reconnecting Families Inquiry Form.

  • Radio station WKAQ, which lost it’s roof during the storm, continues to broadcast news and can be listened to online.

Organizations Accepting Donations

The following are ways to help through credible organizations:

1) The Miami Foundation is accepting donations for Caribbean islands impacted by Maria and Irma, inlcuidng Antigua and Barbuda, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Cuba and Puerto Rico. Donations can be made at http://miamifoundation.org/relief/

2) Beatriz Rosselló, the wife of Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, has created an initiative to support hurricane victims in Puerto Rico. Donations can be made at http://unidosporpuertorico.com/en/

For those of you in Miami or Broward are of south Florida:

The Puerto Rican Leadership Council will be accepting donations of nonperishable food, diapers, bottled water and clothing starting on Friday at the following locations:

Isla Del Encanto restaurant at 12850 SW 120th Street, Miami, FL 33186 on Friday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Ana G. Méndez University at 15201 NW 79th Court, Miami Lakes, FL 33016 on Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mana Wynwood warehouse at 225 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33127 on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ay Bendito food truck at 9225 SW 137th Avenue Miami, FL 33196 on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

In Broward County at Casa Borinquen at 6519 Taft Street, Hollywood, FL 33024 on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Luis De Rosa at ldr@puertoricanchamber.com